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  1. I've got epoxies and hardeners that are pushing...

    I've got epoxies and hardeners that are pushing 30 years old and still work fine.

    One thing to watch out for, though, if you use plastic jugs is leakage. I had a jug of hardener spring a leak in...
  2. Well, the thing is, you can't wear just ANY...

    Well, the thing is, you can't wear just ANY ripped-up pair of jeans. The jeans have to be ripped up in just the right way, with the right labels, etc., or people won't know that you spent $15,000 for...
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    Poll: +1 These old eyes need all the help they can...

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    These old eyes need all the help they can get. Pet peeve: Microscopic black-on-black embossed symbols on "smart" phones, car stereo buttons, etc etc etc. Where's my loupe and 400W halogen lamp?...
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    Neat topic, thanks for sharing. Curious to hear...

    Neat topic, thanks for sharing. Curious to hear how the rod performs...
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    It reminds me of the "cancer" corrosion that...

    It reminds me of the "cancer" corrosion that sometimes gets into magnesium, but it's not magnesium, is it? It's aluminum, right?
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    Interesting. How/where does one go about...

    Interesting. How/where does one go about purchasing chisels from Mr. Covington? I googled around, but didn't find much.

    I purchased my first Japanese chisel, a Matsumura white steel one, this...
  7. Any decent degreaser should work -- brake...

    Any decent degreaser should work -- brake cleaner, acetone, lacquer thinner, etc.
  8. I would just scrape and wire brush off the scale,...

    I would just scrape and wire brush off the scale, then hit it with hot water from the garden hose to make sure any residual acid, base or salt is washed off, then hit it with rusty metal primer.
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    Same with sweet gum. It's like trying to drive...

    Same with sweet gum. It's like trying to drive your maul into a tire. But man, does it rot fast!
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    Lignum vitae?

    Lignum vitae?
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    A good source of that wax are the wax toilet...

    A good source of that wax are the wax toilet gaskets you can buy at the box stores for $1-2. The wax is softer than beeswax, and stickier, too.
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    Not true. Without an electrolyte, there will be,...

    Not true. Without an electrolyte, there will be, and can be, no galvanic corrosion. Not sure how to say it any plainer.

    Dissimilar metals in air don't galvanically corrode. Otherwise, everything...
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    In the absence of plasma, I think air performs...

    In the absence of plasma, I think air performs far better as an insulator than as an electrolyte. ;)

    In other words, to get galvanic corrosion between dissimilar metals "submerged" in air, I...
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    Well, and you also need to submerge the...

    Well, and you also need to submerge the dissimilars in an electrolyte. I'm not sure a bit of condensation on the surface of the aluminum foil is gonna work, particularly if you completely wrap the...
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    I suspect it has something to do with aluminum's...

    I suspect it has something to do with aluminum's excellent thermal conductivity (only three metals gold, copper and silver are more thermally conductive) moving heat into the files without...
  16. Wow, that's impressive!

    Wow, that's impressive!
  17. FWIW, back when I used only teflon tape (not the...

    FWIW, back when I used only teflon tape (not the Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket), I sometimes found that the joint still leaked, even after I had tightened the fitting as tight as I dared to tighten...
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    Borax does dissolve in water; in fact, this is...

    Borax does dissolve in water; in fact, this is how it was deposited in evaporated lake beds. And I have dissolved it in both tap water and hot water for spraying...

    The reason you can't keep...
  19. All you need is this: Permatex Aviation...

    All you need is this:

    Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket Sealant #3

    https://www.imperialsupplies.com/thumb/400/9159.jpg

    I've never had it not work. With Teflon tape, I've had trouble many...
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    I don't care who ya are, that right there is just...

    I don't care who ya are, that right there is just FUNNY! Definitely a first-world problem.

    But hey, when the cord represents less than 1/10 of 1% of the price of the tool...
  21. Thanks, guys. Was going to make something...

    Thanks, guys.

    Was going to make something like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW_1AQ_Wm8E

    Idea is simply to break plywood into manageable-size pieces – final dimensioning on table...
  22. Cheap but decent circ saw for dedicated track saw?

    Both of my hand circular saws are worm gears, and I don't want to take them out of the general-use rotation by rigging them up as track saws – plus, they're heavy, and I want something lighter – so...
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    Tec 805-12 ...

    Tec 805-12

    https://www.hotmelt.com/products/tec-805-hot-glue-gun

    I like it a lot.

    Hot glue guns ain't much good for much, but for some things, they excel – making models out of corrugated...
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    On my Foley/Belsaw planer/molder, I also clean...

    On my Foley/Belsaw planer/molder, I also clean the rubber drive roller by scrubbing with a rag and mineral spirits. This seems to give a little more grip.

    When I first got the machine, I thought...
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    Interesting. I have some local mills who cut the...

    Interesting. I have some local mills who cut the loblolly and air-dry it (or I buy it green) and it usually dries straight without much checking, and it dries fast. (I think they say 90 days for...
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